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Otterbein’s new Aquarium Track only program of its kind in the Midwest

Otterbein’s new Aquarium Track only program of its kind in the Midwest


Otterbein’s program in Zoo and Conservation Science is expanding to include a specialized path for students interested in Aquarium science.

The innovative Aquarium Track curriculum will give students the opportunity to earn either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on aquariums and marine and freshwater conservation. The new Aquarium Track is part of the preeminent undergraduate program in Zoo and Conservation Science in the country and the only program of its kind in the Midwest.

Students in the Aquarium Track will be a part of Otterbein’s outstanding Zoo and Conservation Science degree program. They will take introductory courses in marine science, zoos and aquariums in all their facets, and become certified as an Open Water SCUBA diver.

Aquarium Track students can also participate in a Junior Practicum where they manage their own salt water tank, visit local aquariums, freshwater conservation and aquaculture facilities. Internships are available at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Reef Systems Coral Farm. Students also have opportunities to conduct their own research alongside Otterbein faculty and travel to locations in Central America at the Belize Barrier Reef.

The Aquarium Track is highly competitive admitting only 10-12 students per academic year. Students wishing to major in the Zoo and Conservation Science Aquarium Track must be admitted to Otterbein University as a Pre-Zoo and Conservation major. During the first year, students take an introductory course and can then apply to the program during spring semester of their first year.

Learn more about the Otterbein Zoo and Conservation Science program online.